The 2016 election made Saturday Night Live a ratings machine once again, so it’s not surprising that NBC wanted to bring the show’s legendary Weekend Update back for a special “summer edition” ahead of the actual season premiere. The plan’s been in place for a while but no one could have predicted just how much news anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost would have to process after less than three months away. At times, the first installment of Weekend Update: Summer Edition felt like a sprint to cover the endless list of issues at hand. It’s an exhaustive half hour of Trump, North Korea, sports, celebrities and more, but Che and Jost both kept up and brought the laughs.
Among the inevitable topics Update would have to cover was the strange saga of Anthony Scaramucci, who came and went as Donald Trump’s White House Communications Director in less than two weeks. “The Mooch” was obviously going to make his way to SNL. After lobbying to play the role, actor and comedian Mario Cantone took on Scaramucci on Comedy Central’s The President Show this month. With another impression already on the books (another drawback to taking the summer off), SNL had to bring its A-game. So the show called in perhaps the greatest impressionist in its history: Bill Hader.
Though the segment is brief and the jokes are predictable (yes, Steve Bannon self-fellating himself does come up), Hader hit all the right notes. He’s got the hair, the pursed lips, the exaggerated hand gestures and of course the New York tough talk. Describing himself as “human cocaine,” Hader’s Mooch is desperate for attention and eager to mask his recent public embarrassments with humor and swagger. The centerpiece of the whole segment, this quick summation of Mooch’s White House odyssey:
“The Mooch has no regrets, baby! All I did was sell my company, miss the birth of my child and ruin my entire reputation. All to be King of Idiot Mountain for 11 days. The Mooch is loose!”
Check out the full clip below. Weekend Update: Summer Edition airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.